Veggie Bake Mysfam Style

The Turkey Sausage Veggie Bake is one of Mysfam Cottage’s favorite recipes, but it can easily be changed to be a vegan/vegetarian recipe with a few changes.  Considering that I overindulged in a few too many Christmas cookies I thought a lighter recipe was a great way to start the New Year.  This recipe works great as a veggie side or a full meal for meat free Monday.  The serving size is great for a light lunch, but I usually half a serving as a side veggie.

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Emily’s Journey: My End of Year Check-In

The year is winding down I’ve been thinking about the past eight months.  So far, I’ve lost almost 100 lbs because I didn’t want to have to pay extra for my flight when my BFF and I took our Hawaii trip.  The trip may have been postponed, but it was the catalyst to behind my determination to lose weight.  I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned so far that have helped me.

Emily in June of 2017
Emily in December 2017

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Hawaiian Chicken Mysfam Style

I’m going to be sharing my all-time favorite recipe with you.  This recipe is easy to make with only four ingredients and has some of my favorite foods in one flavor packed dish!  Pineapple, bacon, and mushrooms, oh my!  Even better, it has less than 300 calories and almost 29 grams of protein per serving.

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From FAT to fit: Life Never Goes as Planned

Just a bit of a notice:  This post is really short.

I’ve been working on my minuscule five-minute exercise time goal I’d mentioned in my From FAT to Fit: Emily’s Journey post.  Correction—I’ve been working on my minuscule five-minute exercise time goal over the weekend.  Weekdays, those I still have to work on.  But because I’m still slacking I figured I’d just make it up over the weekend.

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From FAT to Fit: Emily’s Journey

My journey towards a healthier lifestyle has so far led me to increase my water intake daily and to dramatically decrease my daily calorie intake.  (You can read about it:  HERE–A Work in Progress  HERE–The Time is Now And HERE–The Food is Changin’)

In eight months I have lost a significant amount of weight.  My known heaviest was 289 lbs, but these changes have led to my current weight of 197 lbs, a change of almost 100 lbs.  Now I’ve had to come up against my biggest challenge thus far.  Exercise.

For me, the endorphins released after a good solid workout, that runner’s high everyone is always talking about…

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Turkey Sausage and Veggie Bake

Mysfam Cottage Turkey Sausage and Veggie Bake

It’s Veggie Time

Ingredients:

 

1 package of Smoked Turkey Sausage

1 medium Sweet Potato

1 Carrot

1 Zucchini

1 Red Bell Pepper

3 baby Red Potatoes

1 Yellow Squash

4 oz. Baby Portabella Mushrooms

1 1/2 cup of broccoli florets 

2 TBSP Olive oil 

Salt and pepper

1/8 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)

¼ tsp Italian Seasoning (optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash all the vegetables.  Peel the carrots and sweet potatoes.  Core and seed the red bell pepper. Cut all of the vegetables and turkey sausage into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces and coat in the olive oil. Spread onto baking sheet and season to taste with salt, pepper and other optional seasonings.  Cook for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Serve hot with rice or noodles of your choice.

If you freeze this recipe, thaw in the refrigerator over night and reheat in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes on high, or until hot, stirring halfway through.

*Cooking hint—place the broccoli, onion, and any veggies you prefer to be a bit softer on bottom of the bake and the mushrooms and sausage on top.  The sausage flavors the bake wonderfully, which is why we don’t really use any additional seasoning most of the time.

This makes four (4) servings with 328 calories per serving.

Another Step to a Healthier Mysfam Cottage

This is the Christmas gift to the humans of Mysfam Cottage, from us to us!  It is also something to help us continue on our quest for a healthier us. 

I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Mysfam Cottage household.

 

Freezer

 

That’s right!  An upright freezer for our little home.  This is the Christmas gift to the humans of Mysfam Cottage, from us to us!  It is also something to help us continue on our quest for a healthier us.

For a while now we’ve wanted to be able to make and freeze meals, but our normal freezer was usually taken up by frozen vegetables and chicken.  As Thanksgiving has come closer we realized we wouldn’t have any room for the traditional turkey (or two), which is what led to our purchase at this point in time.

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From FAT to fit: The Food is Changin’

My eating…my overeating was going to come to an end.  After weeks of drinking more water than I’d care to think about I was about to limit my food intake.

Food.  I LOVE food.  I wouldn’t have gotten to the size I was unless I loved food.  However, the bigger I became I often felt guilty after eating, especially when my meal consisted of a large sized burger, fries, and soda or after my fourth or fifth trip through a buffet line.  But my time had arrived.  My eating…my overeating was going to come to an end.  After weeks of drinking more water than I’d care to think about I was about to limit my food intake.

On June 29th of this year, I joined….rejoined My Fitness Pal, with a starting weight of 265 lbs, I joined…rejoined My Fitness Pal.  (www.myfitnesspal.com)

June 2017

After updating my information I started with a daily calorie goal of 1,500.  Utilizing My Fitness Pal to track my food intake was the first step.  I stepped out of my introverted comfort zone and joined groups and added friends, building the online support I would need to succeed in my weight loss goal.

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